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September 22, 2020: How Reading Kept Trucking in a Safe, Efficient Way: Part 2

Last month we chatted with Jim Brodie, Reading Truck Group’s vice president of operations. He shared how Reading kept the virus at bay in all 13 of Reading’s facilities across the US while remaining open and in operation.

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August 25, 2020: The top 25 employers in Berks for 2020 show coronavirus resilience

Perhaps more important than which employers or industries made the list though was what the data shows — a surprising resilience to widespread job loss hitting much of Pennsylvania and the U.S. as a result of COVID-19.

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August 21, 2020: Bikes for Books rolls along in Berks County, distributing 95 bicycles to children who completed summer reading tasks

To earn a new bike, helmet and backpack, children have to read 20 books and complete activities and participate in or watch 10 storytime videos, said Mary Jimenez, early childhood and community engagement program manager for United Way of Berks County. Reading Truck Body donated the backpacks.

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August 18, 2020: How Reading Kept Trucking in a Safe, Efficient Way

Jim Brodie, Reading Truck’s vice president of operations, shared with us at MWS what Reading Truck learned from operating during the lockdown and which practices large companies can use going forward.

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August 5, 2020: Reading Truck Body's Classic II Service Body

The Steel Classic II™ is Reading’s premier steel service body, with quality components, innovative features and Reading’s legendary durability.

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August 5, 2020: How to improve work truck safety

If you operate a work truck or manage a fleet of vehicles, safety should be your top priority. You can improve your company’s safety record by implementing proper protocols and standards for work truck operators to follow.

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July 21, 2020: Going virtual- Reading’s latest crane body will be featured on its new live webinar series

Reading Truck Group announced its new Master Mechanic 20-Series crane body which will be featured on the company’s new webinar series.

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July 8, 2020: Reading Truck Body redesigns service, crane bodies

Reading Truck Body debuted its newly redesigned Aluminum Classic II service body and Master Mechanic crane body at The Work Truck Show.

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July 8, 2020: Tips for Buying Upfits

“Properly forecasting a build cycle can be challenging for fleet managers due to the often-numerous vendors involved that must come together and work in sync to complete an upfit. Speak to your vendors and understand lead times and capabilities. Work with partners who can provide solutions for as much of the upfit process as possible. Most importantly, give yourself plenty of time,” recommended Bill Pruemer, director of sales, southwest for Reading Truck Equipment.

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July 8, 2020: Truck body manufacturer confronts COVID-19 crisis

The global coronavirus pandemic was still just starting its deadly assault on the U.S. in early March when executives and managers of service body maker Reading Truck Group began planning for the worst.

Those efforts would help the company restart operations after a two-week shutdown at its largest facility in Reading, Pa., and ensure that the rest of its approximately dozen locations across the country could keep moving while barely skipping a beat.

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May 13, 2020: Reading Truck Introduces Mid-Duty Crane Body

Reading Truck introduced a mid-duty that lifts like a heavyweight: the all-new Master Mechanic Crane Body.

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May 8, 2020: Experts’ Tips: Maximizing irrigation truck efficiency

Nothing kills job site productivity like a crew that forgets something back at the shop. That’s why truck setup is so important.

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May 8, 2020: Reading Truck Group Stresses Communication During COVID-19

The current coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic has touched just about every aspect of truck fleet management, from purchase to maintenance to disposal, and everything else in between.

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March 25, 2020: TRUE GRIT... HOW READING TRUCK BODY TRANSFORMED ITS CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE

Driven by grit. Outside Reading Truck Group, it’s easy to see how that could sound like a few nice words to tack above our name. But it means something very personal to the people building our truck bodies.

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April 1, 2016: Six Trends in Vocational Truck Body Designs

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March 27, 2016: Service bodies: Part 1, Reading talks aluminum

Steel, aluminum, fiberglass, polypropylene…

Service bodies provide that critical workshop or office on wheels, and choosing the right one requires some research.

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MARCH 10, 2016: Reading unveils tailgate storage solution

Reading Truck Body recently unveiled a new storage solution which offers more than a cubic-foot of space inside of its service body tailgate.

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November 30, 2015: Service Trucks Squeak Through Oil Downturn

Bone-chilling winters and sweltering summers have been a rite of passage for truck operators servicing North Dakota’s Bakken oil reserve.

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November 10, 2015: Brian Nadel is Reading Truck Body's turnaround master

When Brian Nadel came to lead Reading Truck Body just a few years ago, he found the company floundering.

The service truck body-maker was chaotic and unfocused, he said. The biggest challenge was repairing the company's reputation internally and externally.

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November 4, 2015: Texas company buys Reading Truck Body

Reading Truck Body LLC has been acquired by Houston-based J.B. Poindexter & Co. Inc. for an undisclosed amount the companies announced Tuesday.

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November 3, 2015: Reading Truck Body acquired by Houston-based company

J.B. Poindexter & Co. Inc. has acquired Reading Truck Body, the two companies announced Tuesday. Reading, founded in 1955 in the city for which it's named, will continue to operate as an independent business unit within JBPCO, led by current CEO Brian Nadel and his management team, officials said.

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October 25, 2015: Reading Chapter NAACP gala honors community groups

Our country is like a household, Dr. David E. Goatley told a crowd gathered in the presidential ballroom at The Abraham Lincoln hotel Saturday night.

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October 22, 2015: Reading Sets Up Lawn Care Truck Fleet

Reading Truck Body has been providing the upfit set-up for about a third of the Scotts LawnService fleet of Ford F-150 to F-450 trucks at its Louisville, Ky., site, Reading announced.

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October 17, 2015: Fire Brush Package

RBG, Inc. has upfitted a special "Fire Brush Package" using a Reading aluminum Classic II body for Walepole Fire Dept. Walepole, Mass. NORTH WALPOLE FIRE DEPT 

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August 26, 2015: Material of Choice

While there are different materials available for the manufacturing of today’s work trucks, not all materials are cut out for the various applications that trucks endure on a daily basis. Consider the specifications of your fleet, such as payload requirements, environmental conditions, lifecycle, and the end-of-truck-life environmental impact, and the choice of material for truck production settles on three options: steel, aluminum, or fiberglass.

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July 24, 2015: Reading poet working to make city a better place

Reading, PA -  Noah Ayala spends his days with his hands covered in oil and grease.But after his shift ends, Ayala spends his nights jotting down notes, crafting metaphors and brainstorming ideas. Ayala, 30, of Reading is a mechanic by day and a well-recognized local poet by night, known for his visceral spoken word poetry.

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Reading Eagle: Bill Uhrich | Ayala works on custom contruction at Reading Truck Body.

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June 1, 2015: NAFA's Greater Pittsburgh Chapter Visit Truck Body Manufacturer

Founded in 1955, and bearing the name of its point-of-origin, Reading is a truck body manufacturer that makes steel, and aluminum utility bodies, dump bodies, flatbed bodies, and custom bodies.

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May/June 2015: Better economic prospects felt at show

John Paternoster, regional sales manager with Reading Truck Body, agreed that an improving U.S. economy helped bolster attendance at the show.

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JUNE 1, 2015: READING COMPANY'S WORKERS HELP SPRUCE UP PLAYGROUND

The Oakbrook Community Playground got a touch-up as volunteers from Reading Truck Body LLC painted the graffiti- and rust-covered equipment Saturday morning.

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May 31, 2015: Reading company's workers help spruce up playground

Volunteers from Reading Truck Body LLC clean and paint Saturday at the Oakbrook Community Playground.

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May 5, 2015: 2015 Work Truck Show Report

We made the front page of Trailer/Body Builder's April issue.

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May 5, 2015: New truck equipment for new vehicles

Reading Truck Body unveiled  the Isuzu NPR ECO-MAX with Tool-Pro body. Designed specifically for the Isuzu NPR ECO-MAX to maximize driver productivity.

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April 1,2015: Reading SL 132 is A Dual Wheel Service Body

Reading Truck Body’s SL 132 is a steel truck service body with a dual-wheel configuration to accommodate increased storage demands and volume.

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April 1, 2015: Reading Truck Body VP Elected to NTEA Board

Wm. Craig Bonham, Reading Truck Body's vice president of Business Development, has been elected to the National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA)'s Board of Trustees as a manufacturer representative. The new board was introduced during the recent Work Truck Show. Trustees are elected for three-year terms.

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March 16, 2015: Upfit Lightweighting is More Complex Than Simply Reducing Weight

A growing trend in second-stage manufacturing is light-weighting, which involves specifying lighter-weight materials to achieve an overall weight reduction to an upfitted vehicle.

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March 12, 2015: 5 Work Truck Trends (and One Game-Changing Innovation)

When it comes to racks and boxes for a truck or van, operators increasingly can choose aluminum along with the traditional steel. Reading Truck Body, are pushing aluminum for its weight savings and recyclability. 

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March 5, 2015: NTEA ANNOUNCES RESULTS OF 2015 BOARD ELECTION

At the President’s Breakfast & 51st Annual NTEA Meeting in Indianapolis, IN, the Association announced the 2015–2016 Board of Trustees. This year, two Distributors and one Manufacturer were welcomed. Congratulations Wm. Craig Bonham on becoming the newly elected Manufacturer Trustee.

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March 3, 2015: Reading Introduces Isuzu NPR With Tool-Pro Body

Reading Truck Body has introduced the Isuzu NPR ECO-MAX work truck with Tool-Pro body. The truck is on display at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

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February 19, 2015: Reading Truck Body Developes Aluminum Bed Insert for Pickup Trucks

Reading Truck Body has developed a lightweight aluminum bed insert, which is a self-contained, covered cargo compartment that “inserts” into the pickup bed.

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January 22, 2015: Reading Truck Body Celebrates 60 Years In Business

Reading Truck Body, LLC announced that the company has reached its milestone 60-year anniversary in 2015.

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September 11, 2014: Reading Truck Body Offers Ram ProMaster Cutaway Upfit

Reading Truck Body, LLC, a manufacturer of vocational truck bodies, has announced it is expanding its aluminum Classic Service Van (CSV) line, with the all-new Ram ProMaster cutaway chassis.

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August 22, 2014: Reading Truck Body expands its city footprint

Reading Eagle Company shares the news about Reading Truck Body expanding its executive offices due to continued growth.

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August 22, 2014: Job fair at Reading Truck Body draws long line of applicants

Job fair at Reading Truck Body draws long line of applicants.

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August 22, 2014: Reading Truck Body donates backpacks filled with school supplies

Nearly a dozen Reading Truck Body employees spent Friday stuffing backpacks for Oakbrook Homes children.

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August 21, 2014: Propane Supply Company Trucks On Propane

Reading Truck Body propels propane supply company.

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July 10, 2014: NTEA MVP Status July 2014

Four Reading Truck Body Partners receive NTEA MVP status!

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June 25, 2014: Fleet Owner Magazine: Body Makeover

Service bodies are changing to help boost fuel savings. Reading represented the commercial work truck body manufacturing segment in the recent article that covered the changes taking place in the light duty truck and van segment when it comes to improving fuel efficiency. Fleet Owner editors also talked to OEMs, fleet managers and NTEA leaders to provide a complete view of industry trends on fuel savings for its readership.

If you are not already registered with Fleet Owner magazine, you will need to do so to read the full article.

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June 24, 2014: Work Truck Magazine: The Need for Speed

Reading was part of the conversation when Work Truck Magazine editors wanted to share the latest in processes and technologies being implemented and used by truck body manufacturers and upfitters to accelerate order-to-delivery cycles.

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March 24, 2014: TLC Total Landscape Care: Reading Landscaper SL

Our specialized landscaping, nursery and lawn care truck is now even better.

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March 10, 2014: Reading Truck Body, Curry Supply Form Partnership

Strategic partnership between Reading Truck Body and Curry Supply is a win-win situation!

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February 28, 2014: Heavy Duty Trucking: Spec'ing Work Trucks

Reading VP Craig Bonham talks with Heavy Duty Trucking about proper spec’ing to ensure the right tools for the job at hand.

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February 28, 2014: Green Fleet Cover Story: Altering Upfit Specs

Going green need not be an all-or-nothing prospect. Reading’s Craig Bonham contributed to this discussion of small changes that can tremendously reduce fuel costs while contributing to a more environmentally-friendly carbon footprint.

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December 01, 2013: Trailer-Body Builder: Reading Body's Turnaround

Reading Truck Body was able to turn its fortunes around by embracing some fundamental changes in processes. Learn how it was accomplished.

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September 17, 2013: Spec Mechanics Trucks for Success

Reading’s Craig Bonham offers advice for spec’ing vehicles properly for the job they are going to do.

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June 03, 2013: Utility Fleets See Uneven Recovery

Craig Bonham, Reading’s vice president of sales, talks with Truck Fleet Management about recent economic conditions and their effect on fleet life-cycles.

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